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International Studies Major/Minor

International Studies Major/Minor

Major

Majors in International Studies must complete 42 credit hours, 33 of which must be fulfilled at the 300-level or above.

Core 21 Hours

Introduction

SW270-IS/IS 101 Understanding Global Issues/Introduction to International Studies and one of the following course: 

  • PO 141 Introduction to International Politics
  • PO 151 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • SW 205-GE Cultural Geography: Regions of the World
  • SW 220-EC The Economy and Society
  • TI 250-RL Religions of the World
International Arrangements and Interactions

IS 390 United Nations and Other International Organizations and one of the following courses:

  • AN 304 Medical Anthropology
  • AN 326 Youth Conflict, Global Cinema
  • JR 417 Global Media
  • IB320 International Business Environment
  • PL 364 Ethics and International Relations
  • PO 322 International Conflict and Peace Building
  • PO 352 Comparative Political Economies
  • PO357 Politics of Youth and Conflict
  • SO 350 Immigration 
  • SO 355 International Crime
​Research Methods Course

One of the following research methods courses:

  • PO 201 Research and Analysis
  • RL 381W Theory and Method in the Study of Religion
  • SO 393 Research Methods Seminar
International Relations and Diplomacy

One of the following courses:

  • HST 327 History of Human Rights

  • HST 353 The American Empire 

  • PL 364 Ethics and International Relations

  • PO 320 International Relations

  • PO 355 Humanitarianism 

  • PO 490 The Politics of Human Rights

Capstone Course (to be taken in the junior or senior year)
  • IS 410W The Global Society
    • Prerequisites: IS 101, and at least one 300 level course.

International Studies Area Courses

  • 18 hrs from two of the following areas (9 hours in each area-two disciplines must be represented)
    • Africa and the Middle East

      • FR 334 Intro to Francophone Cultures

      • FR 485 Topics in Francophone Studies

      • IS 430 Islam and Human Rights

      • IS 450 The Middle East and North Africa

      • IS 470 North Africa and the Middle East in Film 

      • IS 470 Islam and Human Rights

      • PO 350 African Politics

      • RL 367 Islam, Gender and Sexuality

    • Asia

      • AN 329 Japanese Popular Culture

      • AN 368 Coming of Age in the Middle East

      • HST 371 Modern China

      • IB 323 Contemporary Business in East Asia

      • PO 380 Frenemies: China & The U.S. 

      • RL 353 Buddhism

      • RL 354 Islam

      • RL 363 Religion, Politics and Conflict in South Asia

    • Europe

      • FR 320 Topics in French and Francophone Cultures

      • GR 340 Germany 1871 to the present

      • GR 342 Major Trends in Modern German Literature

      • GR 475 Seminar in 20th Century German Literature

      • HST 322 20th Century Europe

      • HST 323 Modern France 

      • HST 324 Modern Germany

      • IS 301 Model European Union

      • PO 380 Western European Societies

      • SO 333 European Societies

      • SP 340 Spain: 1700 to the Present

      • SP 345 Analysis of Literary Genres

      • SP 360 Hispanic Film

      • SP 365 Hispanic Short Story

      • SP 440 Contemporary Spanish Studies

    • Latin America

      • HST 305 Latin America:  The World's Lungs?

      • IB 495 Business in Latin America 

      • SO 331 Latin American Societies

      • SP 355 Spanish-American Culture: South America

      • SP 360 Hispanic Film (will count when at least 3/4 of content focuses on Latin America)

      • SP 365 Hispanic Short Story (will count when at least 3/4 of content focuses on Latin America)

      • SP 370 Topics in Contemporary Hispanic Societies

      • SP 450 Topics in Spanish-American Studies

      • SP 460 Topics in 20th Century Spanish-American Studies

    • Foreign Languages

      • Nine hours at the 300/400 level in one modern foreign language. Classes in French, German, Spanish, and Chinese are offered at Butler University.  Classes in other languages such as Arabic, Italian and Japanese can be taken at other universities in the area.

  • One elective (3hrs.) to be chosen from the following or any course in International Studies Area above

    • AN 320 Gender and Sexuality in Globalization

    • EC 433 International Economics (Prerequisite or permission of the instructor)

    • EN 321, 322/421, 422 Comparative World Literature

    • EN 394 Special Topics: Global Cinema

    • IB 367 Legal Aspects of International business (additional prerequisite: permission of instructor)

    • SO 323 Racial and Ethnic Relations

    • SO 343 Popular Culture: A Comparative Study

Special International Studies Courses

Recommended, but not required.  

  • May include:
    • IS 401, 402, and 403- Independent Study in International Studies (1,2, or 3 hours)
    • IS 404, and 405- Internship in International Studies (3 or 6 hours)
    • IS 470-Selected Topics in International Studies (3 hrs); Prerequisite: consent of instructor
    • IS 499- Honors Thesis (3 hrs)

Study Abroad

Highly Recommended

Experience abroad is strongly encourages or all International Studies students. This may be in the form of attendance at a foreign college or university, an international internship, independent travel connected with an approved independent stud project, or participation in approved foreign study tour. Credits from those experiences abroad usually count toward fulfilling the requirements of the major or minor.

Model United Nations, Model Arab League and Model European Union

Highly Recommended

International Studies majors can participate in the Model United Nations, Model Arab League and the Model European Union.  These three events play a very important role in the formation of students interested in international issues, because they learn the rules of negotiation and diplomacy as well as the workings of the United Nations, Arab League and the European Union. The cost for participating in these events (registration, airfare, and lodging) is covered by the International Studies budget.

Minor

Minors in International Studies must complete 21 credit hours, 15 of which must be fulfilled at the 300 level or above.

Core 12 hrs

Introduction 
  • SW270-IS/IS 101 Understanding Global Issues/Introduction to International Studies
International Arrangements and Interactions

 

Take IS 390 United Nations and Other International Organizations and one course from below: 

  • AN 304 Medical Anthropology

  • AN 326 Youth Conflict, Global Cinema

  • JR 417 Global Media

  • IB320 International Business Environment

  • PL 364 Ethics and International Relations

  • PO 322 International Conflict and Peace Building

  • PO 352 Comparative Political Economies

  • PO357 Politics of Youth and Conflict

  • SO 350 Immigration 

  • SO 355 International Crime​

Capstone Course (to be taken in the junior or senior year):
  •  IS 410W The Global Society

    • Prerequisites: SW270-IS/IS 101, and at least one 300 level course.

International Studies Area Courses

  • 9 hrs (take courses from at least two different areas)
    • Africa and the Middle East

      • FR 334 Intro to Francophone Cultures

      • FR 485 Topics in Francophone Studies

      • IS 430 Islam and Human Rights

      • IS 450 The Middle East and North Africa

      • IS 470 North Africa and the Middle East in Film

      • IS 470 Islam and Human Rights

      • PO 350 African Politics

      • RL 367 Islam, Gender and Sexuality    

    • Asia
      • AN 329 Japanese Popular Culture

      • AN 368 Coming of Age in the Middle East

      • FL 320 Chinese Civilization

      • HST 371 Modern China

      • IB 323 Contemporary Business in East Asia

      • PO 380 Frenemies: China and The U.S

      • RL 353 Buddhism

      • RL 354 Islam

      • RL 363 Religion, Politics and Conflict in South Asia

    • Europe
      • FR 320 Topics in French and Francophone Cultures

      • GR 340 Germany 1871 to the present

      • GR 342 Major Trends in Modern German Literature

      • GR 475 Seminar in 20th Century German Literature

      • HST 322 20th Century Europe

      • HST 323 Modern France

      • HST 324 Modern Germany

      • IB 210 Business in the European Union 

      • IS 301 Modern European Union

      • PO 380 Western European Politics

      • SO 333 European Societies

      • SP 340 Spain: 1700 to the Present

      • SP 345 Analysis of Literary Genres

      • SP 360 Hispanic Film

    • Latin America
      • HST 305 Latin America:  The World's Lungs? 

      • IB 495 Business in Latin America

      • SO 331 Latin American Societies

      • SP 355 Spanish-American Culture: 1898 to the Present

      • SP 360 Hispanic Film (will count when at least 3/4 of content focuses on Latin America)

      • SP 365 Hispanic Short Story (will count when at least 3/4 of content focuses on Latin America)

      • SP 370 Topics in Contemporary Hispanic Societies

      • SP 450 Topics in Spanish-American Studies

      • SP 460 Topics in 20th Century Spanish-American Studies

    • Foreign Languages
      • Courses at the 300/400 level in one modern foreign language. Classes in French, German, Spanish, and Chinese are offered at Butler University.  Classes in other languages such as Arabic, Italian and Japanese can be taken at other universities in the area.

Special International Studies Courses

Recommended, but not requried.  

  • May include:
    • IS 401, 402, and 403- Independent Study in International Studies (1,2, or 3 hours)
    • IS 404, and 405- Internship in International Studies (3 or 6 hours)
    • IS 470-Selected Topics in International Studies (3 hrs); Prerequisite: consent of instructor
    • IS 499- Honors Thesis (3 hrs)

Study Abroad

Highly recommended

Experience abroad is strongly encouraged for all International Studies students. This may be in the form of attendance at a foreign college or university, an international internship, independent travel connected with an approved independent study project, or participation in an approved foreign study tour. Credits from those experiences abroad usually count toward fulfilling the requirements of the major or minor.

Model United Nations, Model Arab League and Model European Union

Highly recommended

International Studies majors can participate in the Model United Nations, Model Arab League and the Model European Union. These three events play a very important role in the formation of students interested in international issues, because they learn the rules of negotiations and diplomacy as well as the workings of the United Nations, Arab League and the European Union. The cost for participating in these events (registration, airfare, and lodging) is covered by the International Studies budget.

NOTE: The information found on this website with respect to major/minor/program requirements is primarily directed at providing prospective students a general roadmap of the curriculum.  Current Butler students are expected to review their degree audit report at my.butler.edu and speak with their advisor regularly for detailed information regarding their specific degree requirements and their progress toward degree completion.